How to Change Screen Resolution in Windows

by System Tweaks

Maybe you’ve noticed that things aren’t displaying correctly on your screen. It may look like the image is too narrow or too wide. It could be due to an improper setting. We will show you in detail, how to change screen resolution in Windows 10.

Apart from your screen having an odd-looking shape to it, it could be that you aren’t getting the most out of your monitor’s display because of an incorrect setting.

It may not be the case that things look out of shape, but you may a situation where the image is not as sharp as it should be.

Another reason to change it is for a specific software application that is incapable of changing the resolution itself.

This is usually more common for industry-specific software packages. The package may be good at what it does in terms of its function but is poor at making the necessary screen adjustments in order for it to display correctly.

Another reason to change it is for video playback. If you want the video files to playback and look the best it can on your hardware and for the quality of the video, you will need your resolution set perfectly.

Whatever your case and specific problem, let us get started with changing your screen resolution.

Changing the screen resolution

1. Click on ‘Display Settings’

Move your mouse pointer to an unused area on your desktop and press the right mouse button. Move the mouse pointer to hover over ‘Display Settings’ and press the left mouse button.

open display settings from desktop

Please Note: Please skip steps 2 and 3 if you only see one screen in the Display Settings window.

2. Click on ‘Display’

Move your mouse pointer to hover over ‘Display’ in the left margin. Press your left mouse button.

select display

3. Click on ‘Identify’

Move your mouse pointer to hover over ‘Identify’ and press the left mouse button. Take note which number appears on your screen you wish to apply the changes to.

identify screens

4. Select the correct display

Move your mouse pointer to hover over the screen with the same number you saw on your screen when pressing ‘Identify’. Press the left mouse button.

5. Activate drop-down menu and select resolution

click on drop down arrow under resolution

Please Note: You may have to scroll down in the Display Settings window in order to see ‘Resolution’.

Move your mouse pointer to hover over the down arrow to the right of the box under ‘Resolution’. Press the left mouse button.

Select the resolution with want by hover the mouse pointer over it and pressing the left mouse button.

how to change screen resolution in windows

Info Nibble: If you want to try and normalize your display, selecting the resolution with (Recommended) beside it, is your best bet.

After selecting the setting you want, you may have to confirm the settings by moving your mouse pointer to hover over ‘Keep changes’ and pressing your left mouse button.

If you don’t select anything within the timer countdown time, it will simply revert to the state.

This is done in order to avoid selecting a resolution that your computer cannot display, and losing your display completely.

Finding the correct resolution if Windows cannot

There is a trick you can use in order to get what I would call the ‘close to perfect method’ to find the resolution for your screen.

Take a look at your screen’s make and model number and type it into Google search.

Out of the search results, you are bound to find a specifications area for the screen. Find the native resolution for it amongst the information.

Then simply go back and use it in the previous steps to change it to that setting.


Now that you know how to set your resolution, you can enjoy a display that is optimized. Nothing looks worse than the incorrect setting applied to a screen.

Everything will look better and the time you took to get it right is well worth it.

Happy computing with your great looking display.

Marlo Strydom

Marlo is a full-time professional computer programmer, electronics engineer and computer technician. Computers are his passion and he loves to help anyone wanting to know more about them.